Standing 7-foot-6, UCF’s Tacko Fall is standing tall and talented as a traditional big man in Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In four seasons at UCF, fall averaged 10.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 blocks. The big man shot an impressive 74 percent from the field in over 115 games.
During his senior season, he posted marks of 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and made 74.8 percent of his field goal attempts.
Fall is a misnomer into’s NBA climate. He’s a traditional center.
Million Dollar Question: Is Tacko Fall a unicorn in today’s NBA?
“I’ve been very familiar with him, obviously I live in Orlando near UCF so I see a lot of him all the time,” NBA analyst, Rashad Phillips tells the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“He’s a fantastic kid on and off the court.”
“I think he’d be a unicorn because he’s 7’6 but not only that though. Let me give him some credit. He’s terrific, agile around the basket, he’s totally better than what people think. He’s a big guy, but he’s very lean guy. Terrific touch around the basketball. I know some people would say that’s that cliché but he can actually shot the ball, pass, and rebound.”
The Golden State Warriors’ style of basketball has permeated the league for some time.
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Simply put: Shooters shoot!
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are league leaders in shooting percentage. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins are successful as hybrid players as well.
“It’s crazy, because there’s so many great shooters,” NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“The three-point line has bring excitement to the game. It can help you cover weakness. I think big guys that can score and play the game will still be central. I think the shot will stay the same, but the game will gravitate as big men dominate inside.”
NBA fans were spoiled in the 90’s with a glut of big man who could run over and stop over anybody. You have guys who are “tweeners” like Joel Embiid of the 76ers and Karl Anthony-Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Where does Tacko Fall fit in all of this? “The only thing that I have with him is if he can keep up with the pace of the NBA game because it’s so fast,'” Rashad Phillips tells Scoop B Radio.
“It goes 0 to 60. For a guy that’s long, 7’6 180-90 IBS can he go off that quick 0 to 60 in a flash. Maybe he can check those boxes off the list if given the opportunity.”